Wedding Planners Share Their Best Advice for Stressed Out Brides
Everyone who's ever planned a wedding will tell you that completely avoiding stress is a near-impossible goal. From dealing with complicated family dynamics to making what feels like a thousand small decisions, it's easy for anyone to get exhausted by the process. If you're starting to feel the burnout, rest assured knowing you're not alone. Not only is it completely normal to feel stressed about your upcoming wedding, but it's also something you can overcome by following some simple, constructive advice. Here, two luxury wedding planners share the advice they give their own clients and friends who are struggling through the last stages of wedding planning stress.
Keep the big picture in mind.
Wedding planner Jacin Fitzgerald says, "I always work with clients to help them take a step back from the planning and minutiae to truly focus on what's most important at the end of the day. Eyes on the prize, if you will. Once all the details have been completed, checklists checked off, and the final sparkler goes out, my clients can officially begin their 'forever,' as a married couple. That is what's most important, and that's what helps to bring my clients back to earth when things get stressful."
Set realistic goals and always check your priorities.
Wedding planner Jessica Sloane says, "Planning a wedding is like climbing a ladder. You have to take it one step at a time. And, like dominoes, one decision impacts the next. Having a master checklist is helpful, but within that checklist, set realistic goals and timeframes to complete tasks. Prioritizing is important to maintaining your sanity so that you don't get overwhelmed."
Surround yourself with people who have a calm presence on your wedding day.
Fitzgerald says, "For those working without a planner, have your calmest friend on hand for the wedding day, and make sure your hair and makeup team is relaxed and not high strung. They're the first ones you'll work with on your wedding day, and they really set the tone for the relaxed vibe you want to accomplish."